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Breaking: Iran Attacks U.S. Forces in Iraq

Posted on | January 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Breaking: Iran Attacks U.S. Forces in Iraq

Details are still very sketchy:

Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases that hold US troops in what appears to be retaliation for the American airstrike that killed a top Iranian general last week, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
A US official told CNN that the attacks did not inflict any US casualties, but an assessment is underway. There are casualties among the Iraqis at Ain al-Asad airbase following the attack, an Iraqi security source tells CNN. The number of casualties and whether the individuals were killed or wounded was not immediately clear.
White House aides are making plans for a possible address to the nation by President Donald Trump, according to two officials.
The attack comes days after the US killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The administration has sought to cast that strike as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has vowed revenge for the killing, which it says was an “act of war” and “state terrorism.”

UPDATE: At one point, the media were reporting that President Trump would make a statement, but now it appears he will not do so. Why? Well, there were apparently no U.S. casualties, and the president may have decided that actions speak louder than words. So far — it’s about 9:30 p.m. ET — we have no reports of a U.S. counter-attack, but my guess is that such an attack has been ordered, and we won’t hear from the president until after that action has happened. We’ll see.



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